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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sönke Neitzel, Harald Welzer Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general—almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

Collaborating with renowned social psychologist Harald Welzer, Neitzel examines these conversations—and the casual, pitiless brutality omnipresent in them—from a historical and psychological perspective, and in reconstructing the frameworks and situations behind these conversations, they have created a powerful narrative of wartime experience.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gayle | 9/7/2013

    " Fascinating study of German officers and men and their attitudes and beliefs. The authors uncovered a treasure trove of forgotten protocols that were made when German POWs quarters were bugged in both Britain and America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David O'Neill | 8/20/2013

    " Worth a read, a good insight in to the incredible depravity of the average German soldier at the time. If you want a broader overview of the Holocaust/WWII check out Bloodlands Europe Between Hitler and Stalin or Savage Continent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Triv S. | 6/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this but I do feel like they could've cut down on the analyzing and included more conversations. Anyway, it was really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason | 4/19/2013

    " Very dense, more of a psycology book than a history book. "

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